No-one at Chelsea driving Zola return

Antonio Conte

Zola is expected to be named as Sarri's assistant should the club conclude protracted compensation negotiations over the Italian's arrival from Napoli as well as Antonio Conte's departure.

Conte's side finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification, although they did end the campaign with a trophy by winning the FA Cup.

Even with Conte set to leave, it seemed as if Willian would follow, regardless of who took over the reigns at Chelsea, as Man United and Barcelona both expressed interest in his services.

On Monday, Sky Sports News reported that Napoli and Chelsea's talks were at a deadlock over Sarri's appointment as Antonio Conte's potential replacement.

Chelsea have now entered the fray for Jorginho, pushed forward by prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were among the Chelsea FC players to report back to Cobham for pre-season training on Sunday.

The prolonged uncertainty surrounding Conte and Sarri has had a paralysing effect on Chelsea's transfer plans in a window already complicated by the World Cup and compressed by the Premier League's earlier deadline, set for August 9.

Ancelotti worked alongside Luiz during his stint in charge of Chelsea and it's believed by the Mirror that the Italian tactician will offer the 31-year-old an escape route away from the Premier League.

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